Bought this vehicle early 2005 with 115,000 miles on it. That comes out to about 5800 miles/year for the last 20 years.
Body could use some paint, but there are no dents or rust.
The interior and dash are near mint, and very comfortable.
This car feels rock solid, and much larger than its compact designation.
There was something wrong with the transmission when I bought it, and I finally had to have it rebuilt. That was a bit of a nightmare, as it's hard to find trannys for this year vehicle. Also replaced the transfer case. After a few returns to the mechanics for leaks and poor workmanship, the transmission shifts like a dream.
I agree that the 2.8L V-6 is a dog of a motor (no wonder they opted for the 4.0L later), but it runs like new, has no leaks, burns no oil. However, 12 miles per gallon for such a small vehicle is pretty bad, but with the lack of power, and the automatic three speed with no overdrive, it does rev pretty hard at highway speeds. I guess this is understandable, considering the vehicle was produced when the speed limit was 55 mph. Besides, you really shouldn't be in a hurry driving one of these beauties. 0-60 in 30 seconds is okay with me.
My girlfriend and I really enjoy this vehicle. After a coat of paint you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between this '85 Cherokee and on 10 years newer. We love it.